Earlier this week, it seemed like it was almost a lock that we’d see Kimmo Timonen in a Flyers jersey at least one more time. The Flyers announced on Twitter Friday night that this would not be the case. Timonen was traded to the Blackhawks for a 2nd round pick in 2015 along with a conditional draft pick in 2016. Per Pierre LeBrun, the conditional will start as a 4th rounder. If the Blackhawks with 2 rounds with Timonen playing 50% of the games, that pick will become a 3rd rounder. If the Hawks win 3 rounds with Timonen playing 50% of the games, it will become a 2nd.
This move makes sense for both teams, as well as for Kimmo himself. The Flyers acquire a much-needed 2nd round pick for a 39 year old player who hasn’t been on the ice in 9 months, and the Blackhawks get a puck moving defenseman who can serve in almost any role. Kimmo will get to finish his career on a team that will have a legitimate opportunity to win a Stanley Cup this season.
Timonen is easily one of the top 5 defensemen in Flyers history. Since his acquisition from Nashville about 8 years ago, he compiled more points as a Flyer than any defenseman not named Mark Howe or Eric Desjardins. He served as a power play QB and an elite penalty killer. With all of the bullshit that gets thrown around the NHL media these days about ‘leadership’, Kimmo was a legitimate leader within the Flyers locker room. He will truly be missed in Philadelphia.
Goodbye Kimmo, and godspeed. Go Blackhawks (ugh).